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Comment: Re:Physics doesn't work like that. (Score 1) 54

Hell, even 5GHz WiFi doesn't have enough penetration for full coverage of a three-room appartment (albeit in Germany - no US style cardboard walls here). If my router wasn't dual-band I'd be screwed every time I need to take a dump :p

90+GHz is going to be pretty much limited to Line-of-Sight unless they have some pretty awesome tricks up their sleeves.

Comment: Re:Office 2007 started the move into alternatives (Score 4, Insightful) 142

Apparently the screenshots in the article are the full-screen "touch" versions. I'd expect the regular versions to have the full ribbons just like 2010 or 2013 (which I've actually grown to like, because they expose keyboard shortcuts for practically EVERYTHING).

Comment: I use it... (Score 1) 209

by bemymonkey (#48872989) Attached to: Tracking Down How Many (Or How Few) People Actively Use Google+

... to store photos. They have a handy "share via link" function for entire albums, so you can easily share entire albums with friends (albeit without fine grained control of permissions... basically anyone with the link re-share it at will). There's no storage limit for images up to 2048px (longest side), and there's an easy way to download individual images as well as entire zipped albums.

As a social network though? Hahaha, I only have a Facebook account for Messenger - wtf would I need another network for?

Comment: Re: So we'll get a camara as good as the iPhone? (Score 2) 192

by bemymonkey (#48856227) Attached to: Samsung's Advanced Chips Give Its Cameras a Big Boost

And even that Nexus 6, the absolute current top-of-the-line flagship in the Android world, has a laggier camera app. And focuses more slowly.

The gap is closing, sure, but what a phone camera needs to be is INSTANT. Keep it in memory at all times for all I care, as long as it's open within milliseconds of me tapping the button to open the camera app.

Comment: Re:PCIe 3.0 availability (Score 1) 100

"That said, it's questionable how much it really matters in the real world at the moment."

On I/O devices? Immensely! Your example with the graphics cards shows little difference due to the fact that the performance of graphics cards isn't limited by PCIe bandwidth. IO devices which can read and write faster than PCIe 2.0 slots are able to throughput data, on the other hand, will show immediate gains. If an SSD can read at 3GB/sec and the slot only allows 2GB/sec, obviously upgrading to a newer standard is going to make a huge difference.

Comment: Re:am disappoint (Score 1) 78

In theory I would like to agree with this, but Firefox and Chrome say otherwise. In the last year, they've gone from speedy on a Core2Duo to bloated and slow on a modern i5.

You want to know the only machine I have that Firefox runs well on including my extensions? A 5Ghz (heavily overclocked, of course) i5... Even the i5 in my laptop (which turbo boosts up to 3GHz) struggles at times.

Yes, I know, I should pare down my selection of extensions etc. - but shouldn't a 3GHz i5 with an SSD and 16 gigs of RAM be able to run a simple browser without issues? And more often than not, it's the websites themselves that are slowing everything down - Slashdot is fine, but loading multimedia-heavy pages actually puts a noticeable load on a modern laptop CPU, which is quite different from a few years ago.

Comment: Re:Extended Range (Score 1) 128

by bemymonkey (#48687869) Attached to: Tesla Roadster Update Extends Range

"Since ~2008 I know they've increased the energy density of their 18650 cells by 20-30%, which would correspond to a 20-30% increase in range no matter what."

Don't they just use Panasonic cells? Last report I saw, they used NCR18650A 3100mAh cells, and I'm guessing by now they've moved on to the newer NCR18650B 3400mAh cells... which would explain the capacity increase. Where are you getting the info that they're manufacturing their own cells?

Comment: Re:Battery life? (Score 1) 182

by bemymonkey (#48033791) Attached to: HP Introduces Sub-$100 Windows Tablet

That's actually not true. I'm typing this from a Win8 tablet that gets 10+ hours out of a 30Wh battery... not shoddy by any means.

Of course, if you're running an i5 with active cooling in your tablet a la Surface Pro, you'll see significantly lower battery life. The HP tablets are likely to have very low power parts though.

Comment: Re: now that its not $700 (Score 1) 182

by bemymonkey (#48033783) Attached to: HP Introduces Sub-$100 Windows Tablet

People who know what they're doing use standby or at least hibernate. The rest boot... seriously, 90% of the people I know with Windows 8 laptops praise them for their fast boot times, because even with XP and 7 they used to perform a full boot every time they wanted to use their device. Years of conditioning ("Windows only runs properly when it's freshly rebooted!"), I suppose :(

Are we running light with overbyte?